Talking Point: What next for the Lakers?

Time to ponder: Tough times ahead for Mike D'Antoni?

Time to ponder: Tough times ahead for Mike D’Antoni?

No longer the best team in Los Angeles and no longer genuine Championship contenders.

Last season was far from satisfactory for the Lakers. Losing to their main rivals in February as the Clippers clinched their first ever Division title before being carried into the play-offs by Kobe Bryant only to lose their superstar to injury prior to a 4-0 first round defeat at the hands of San Antonio.

Dwight Howard was pleaded to stay but opted to join the Houston Rockets in search for a first ring before the Lakers decided to activate Metta World Peace’s amensty clause and release a key member of their 2010 winning roster. So who do they bring in?

Chris Kaman, Nick Young, Wes Johnson and the returning Jordan Farmar are the four players recruited by G.M Mitch Kupchak so far. Not exactly the caliber of players expected at a 17-time Championship winning franchise which speaks volume of the state of the Lakers especially given the fact that one of those joined the Purple & Gold of LA because of ‘no other options’.

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Houston, I choose you!

Rocketman: Dwight chooses Houston

Rocketman: Dwight chooses Houston

Dwight Howard’s uncertain future finally became clear when he decided to sign with the Houston Rockets on a 4-year deal.

The 27 year-old leaves the Los Angeles Lakers after just one season and will now hope to revive his Championship dream in Texas. Howard was officially announced as a Rocket and said:

“I’m not going to say we’re going to win 5 Championships but if we really dedicate ourselves and sacrifice everything we’ve got then we give ourselves a chance at the end of the season.” Continue reading